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September Artifact of the Month

Artifact: Snow Shoes

Accession #: 93.54.01

Year: 1910s-1920s


Snowshoes are a traditional Aboriginal form of footwear that allows the wearer to walk on top of the snow. Prior to the 20th century, indigenous peoples of North America created snowshoes of their own, developing individualized shapes and styles. This particular pair of snowshoes can be dated back to between the 1910s and the 1920s, with their leather straps added during the 1950s. With time, this footwear developed into the modern snowshoe, made mostly from plastics and metal. Nevertheless, some people still prefer the more traditional, wooden snowshoe when it comes to this form of hiking.

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